Azawakhs originated in Nigeria and were bred by nomadic tribes of Southern Sahara for hunting and guarding livestock. They are also called Tuareg Sloughi and named after the Tuareg nomads. These dogs have developed due to interbreeding thousands of years ago and they share ancestry with Saluke and Sloughi. They were initially trained to protect camps and hunt with owners although now they are known to kill within a pack. The UKC recognized this breed in 1993, but they are still rare in the United States.
Referred to as "Aidi N'Ailluli," meaning "Noble Dogs of the Free People."
These dogs have the sharpest temperament of all the sighthound breeds.
Can touch speeds up to 37 mph.
Temperament & Personality
These are relatively quiet dogs as their barks are difficult to hear. Azawakhs are loyal and affectionate towards their owners and develop a strong bond with them. They love being around people and gather attention, making it important to socialize them from puppyhood. It has a high prey drive which may be a concern where there are small pets, so always leash it. Best as companion dogs it can be aggressive towards children owing to their territorial nature.